Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Bev Perdue issued Executive Order 125 today, which establishes a task force on employee misclassification.
The order responds to problems detailed in a recent News & Observer series that showed how some businesses dodge paying workers compensation insurance.
From a Perdue news release:
“We must make sure that all facets of state government work together cooperatively,” Gov. Perdue said. “I am expecting this task force to cut through any red tape and make any recommendations needed to protect workers,”
The Task Force will strive to: (a) protect the health, safety and benefits of workers; (b) eliminate any competitive advantage currently enjoyed by businesses who violate the law; and (c) educate employers and employees regarding applicable legal requirements relevant to the practice of employee misclassification.
The Task Force will include heads of various state agencies or their designees and representatives of other entities possessing expertise on these issues.